The erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey has become the bestselling book of all time in England since record-keeping began (Associated Press file photo)
A British charity for female victims of domestic abuse is organizing a bonfire to burn copies of E.L. James' ultra-popular Fifty Shades of Grey series.
The erotic books, which feature BDSM-themed sex between a mysterious businessman and a female college senior, are "vile," according to Clare Phillipson of Wearside Women in Need, which is located in northeast England near Newcastle upon Tyne.
"I do not think I can put into words how vile I think this book is and how dangerous I think the idea is that you get a sophisticated but naive young women and a much richer, abusive older man who beats her up and does some dreadful things to her sexually," Phillipson told the BBC recently
The charity is asking people to drop off copies of the books to be burned in early November.
Phillipson said she's offended that libraries in the area have been ordering extra copies of the book to meet the demand at a time when local authorities have been making cuts to outreach and refuge services for women struggling with violence.
"We have libraries wasting and grossly misusing public [funds] to buy a book which says: 'domestic violence is sexy,'" Phillipson said, adding, "The money would be better spent supporting victims."
John Kelly, a local city councillor, said it's not for the municipal government to "dictate what material [people] read. We want to give them a wide variety of material. "